Military Satellites

Launch Propels Southcom-sponsored Nanosatellite

WASHINGTON – An Atlas V rocket launched Thursday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carried a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored nanosatellite into space -- and with it, the potential for more reliable and less expensive communications for troops around the world. The nanosatellite, about the size of a loaf of bread and weighing just... more

Air Force Launches 3rd AEHF Satellite

Advanced Extremely High Frequency communication satellite

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency communication satellite at 4:10 a.m. EDT, Sept. 18, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite was carried to orbit aboard an United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. The sat... more

Space Situational Awareness Key to AF’s 2014 Plan

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This article first appeared in Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. The U.S. Air Force is prioritizing continued improvements in its ability to surveil activities in space and keeping up production of existing satellites over developing new spacecraft in its fiscal 2014 budget request, which was sent last week to Congress. The service's unclassif... more

SpaceX Suing the Air Force to Compete for Launches

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WASHINGTON -- SpaceX says it has a cheaper way to launch satellites, and it's suing the U.S. Air Force for the chance to prove it. The private space exploration company with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets wants the Air Force to accept other contract bids and allowing them to compete for national security l... more

AF Chief Scientist Prioritizes Satellites, Cyber

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The Air Force's first female chief scientist sees a future where satellites are at risk of falling under attack, cyber attacks are common place, and precision lasers mounted to aircraft are a primary weapon. Many of these concerns were mapped out in a recently published Air Force Science and Technology report called "Global Horizons, United Sta... more

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